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Brilliance Audiobook

Brilliance

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Publisher's Summary

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called "brilliants," and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in - and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.

©2013 Marcus Sakey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio

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    jrrich 04-13-14
    jrrich 04-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "X-men meets Blade Runner meets Vince Flynn."

    This is a pretty interesting take on the CIA thriller type novel. I can definitely see where governments would attempt to harness the potential of a new evolution of human. People do fear what they don't understand and other people do use that to their advantage. The story is current and the narrator, Luke Daniels, is well suited to this genre. Sprinkle a little bit of sci fi into a Vince Flynn novel and this is what you get. I enjoyed it and would listen to a second novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 12-17-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"

    Once I started listening, I couldn't stop - totally pulled me into the story. I can see this book being made into a movie! The narrator spoke a little too fast at times, but otherwise was fine. Totally enjoyed listening to this one!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Papamoa, New Zealand 10-20-13
    Tania Papamoa, New Zealand 10-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Overly simplistic characters"
    What did you like best about Brilliance? What did you like least?

    Slow starting but started to enjoy it after a while. Didn't like the main character much - why would he think his child should escape testing when no one else's does? Once I got past the pretty stereotypical characters, I enjoyed it more.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Reginald Hill


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good. I don't think I would have finished it without the narrator


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would get it out on DVD not pay to see it in a movie theatre


    Any additional comments?

    Social media and the internet aren't mentioned so probably don't exist but I couldn't see how the official versions of events weren't counter-acted anywhere. Surely any brilliant strategiest would use media outlets (even international ones) to release different versions of events and perhaps those media would interview witnesses whose stories conflict with official versions? Pretty big weakness in the story I reckon.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 10-12-13
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 10-12-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.

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    "Brilliance not brilliant!"

    Well it was OK and I sort of enjoyed it, but in the end I guess the story did not just come together enough for me and there was not enough detailing of situations and characters to make the implausible, plausible. For me, I give a book a 3 star rating when it's good, 4 stars for very good, and 5 stars for really excellent.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 08-14-13
    Greg C Discovery Bay, California 08-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding ! Great listen"
    If you could sum up Brilliance in three words, what would they be?

    Well worth your time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the ' good ' characters and despised the villains in this story


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration. Female characters can be difficult and he did a good job with them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It definitely held my interest. The last hour was thrilling.


    Any additional comments?

    Story line was excellent with interesting characters. I am checking out more of this authors work

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J. Parkes Winter Springs, Florida 07-16-13
    J. Parkes Winter Springs, Florida 07-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book, worth a read with one exception..."

    The reason i gave the story 3 stars...there is an academy for children in the book, the treatment of the children is evil and made me want to vomit, i was beyond disturbed to red hot anger.
    On balance the book is good, other than the obvious i enjoyed it. Perhaps i'm a little over sensitive where child abuse is concerned and if you are like me in that prepare yourself or skip the book.
    The book was great and didn't need the added drama of abuse to entertain or add to the drama. It was simply gratuitous, in my opinion.

    25 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 07-18-13
    LaVonne BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Frightening Future"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Brilliance to be better than the print version?

    Did not see the print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, the main character, pulls all the other characters into the story with a fierce force.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narrator! He handled each character with distinction and enthusiasm.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither, it worried me as to the possibility of this happening with government ever growing!!


    Any additional comments?

    Got this book on sale and one of the best in my 540 book library!!!! Want more of the author, narrator and sales!!!!!

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Plano, TX, United States 04-03-14
    Mary Plano, TX, United States 04-03-14

    I love mysteries. I've read all Agatha Christie's and Mary Higgins Clark's books. I'm on the hunt for more great books with female heroines.

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    "Snoozer"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change all the immature references to female body parts. It sounds like it was written by a frustrated sex-a-holic who never got the girls. The author womanizes in his writing to take his frustrations out on physically beautiful and confident women. It's a subliminal theme throughout his writing. And, I personally don't care for the narrator's "Keanu Reeves-like" voice. But, I've never liked KR or his voice in films. That type of voice sounds like someone who is trying too hard to sound "tough." Not working.


    What was most disappointing about Marcus Sakey’s story?

    Womanizing, "poor me" victim-like whining of the lead character who, naturally, would only have an EX-wife. I'm sure that this story does have an audience...maybe people who've been only labeled as "smart" all their lives. They'll connect with the idea of gifted people being victimized by all those big bad mean (popular) bullies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I've trailed away through most of it. I love mystery and suspense but the main topic's of no interest to me. I foolishly thought other listeners' reviews were on target. My "least" favorite sentence in the book is when the lead character is just sure of the physical description of a female receptionist on the other end of the phone. Wa?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope...shallow, immature writing style


    Any additional comments?

    You get what you pay for, listeners...fair warning. On the other hand, all you "brilliants" who disagree with everything I've said above will dig the book. Go for it!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-28-13

    Why must finding a solo book (not part of a series) be so very hard? WHO is writing stand-alone-story-that-wraps-up-cleanly books? I'll buy

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    "Luke Daniels, awesome performer."

    Brilliance is a good story, made better by the reader. (Except for the female laugh, Mr. Daniels, work on that ... make it less nasal, more throaty.) The plot gusted a bit toward X-men, but nonetheless, I was able to get into the narrative in my head, and live it along with the characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 07-20-13
    Dana 07-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Well done."

    Marcus Sakey did an excellent job weaving this story based in an alternate version of now.. I truly enjoyed it all the way through. And, I'm ready for more.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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